Fifth & Flower

L.A.’s Central Library Rises From the Ashes in Susan Orlean’s New Book

Oct 12, 2018

“The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever,” writes Susan Orlean in her newest work, The Library Book. The New Yorker staff writer and author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin […]

21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story

Oct 10, 2018

At its core, the public library is an enthusiastic collector: a repository of books, a keeper of history, a holder of information, a gathering place for all. Libraries collect to advance and share knowledge, and to strengthen communities through a vast compilation of resources. For the first time in its long history of collecting, the […]

Saint Estèphe, Now and Again by Jonathan Gold

Jul 23, 2018

Jonathan Gold contributed this essay about Saint Estèphe for the book To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City. The book was part of the special exhibition “To Live and Dine in L.A.” that was hosted at Central Library in 2015.     If you had visited Saint Estèphe […]

Flint Whistle-Blower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to Visit ALOUD on July 11

Jun 26, 2018

“This is the story of the most important and emblematic environmental and public health disaster of this young century. More bluntly, it is the story of a government poisoning its own citizens, and then lying about it. It is a story about what happens when the very people responsible for keeping us safe care more […]

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